The Democratic Alliance has revealed what they feel to be a true representation of the pass rate for the matric class of 2018 - 37.6%
This follows the announcement made on Thursday by Minister Angie Motshekga. The basic education minister had claimed that the official results showed a 78.2% pass rate.
If the opposition party is correct, the pass mark has been exaggerated by almost double. The DA has said that the pass mark is a lot lower if you consider people who dropped out or who didn’t complete matric in time.
They used the number of students in Grade 10 during 2016 to incorporate students who were meant to be in matric this year.
"These Grade 10s should be celebrating with other matriculants, but more than half didn’t write matric in the expected time frame," DA shadow minister of basic education Nomsa Marchesi explained.
"This means only 37.6 percent of these Grade 10s passed matric. The others have either become stuck in a struggling education system repeating grades, or worse, dropped out of the system completely."
If this method is considered to be accurate, the ‘real’ pass rate for the country revealed that only the Western Cape province had kept 65% of its Grade 10s in school long enough to finish.
Gauteng province, who had registered the highest pass rates in the official results, had only kept 45% of Grade 10s in school until completion.
The Free State has the highest dropout rates in the country as well as a reputation for keeping learners back to inflate pass rates.
"The DA has repeatedly called for a national investigation into ‘culling’, but Minister Angie Motshekga is not concerned."
According to the opposition party the newest concern was the ‘multiple exam opportunity’ system which some provinces relied on more than others.
There was no clear indication as to how many of these students would return to complete their exams in June. Many of them could be lost from the system in the interest of keeping pass rates inflated.
"The DA’s priority is clear: to ensure that learners get the best quality matric in the expected timeframe so that they can start their journey into further education and employment on time and in good stead," the DA said.
"It is only through this commitment to quality education that learners will be able to break the cycle of poverty that so many young South Africans have been left trapped in by a failing ANC government."
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